Judge Dismisses Suit By Ex-Principal Who Lost Job Over Wooden Penis Gift

WWJ News
September 13, 2019 - 9:20 am
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CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former Michigan school principal who says his rights were violated when he was forced out of his job for giving a wooden penis as a gift that he said was based on an inside joke.

John Stanton filed a federal lawsuit in January against Superintendent Leonard Woodside, 18 months after he says he was forced to resign at Anchor Bay High School in St. Clair County. Stanton said the female security guard who got the gift wasn't upset as officials claimed.

The Detroit News reports Judge Linda Parker said Stanton failed to request a "name-clearing" hearing from the district.

The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment from Stanton's lawyer. Woodside's lawyer was happy with this week's decision.

The woman reportedly confiscated the item from a student and gave it to Stanton. Stanton says he returned it to the woman as a funny parting gift, along with the message, "Hope your job isn't too hard!"

Stanton's wife, who was principal of Anchor Bay Middle School at the time, was also part of the lawsuit. Robin Stanton, who resigned from her job, said she was unable to return to work due to the "false allegations" against her husband, which put a stigma on her.

The couple was seeking punitive damages for loss of employment, loss of reputation, pain and suffering, emotional distress and humiliation.